A New Look at Managing Discussions

A New Look at Managing Discussions

Discussion forums are ubiquitous in online classes.  A real benefit of online discussions is that afford every student the opportunity to participate.  Like any tool, they can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Facilitate class introductions
  • Monitor student understanding of key concepts
  • Verify reading assignments or pre-work completed
  • Engage students in a topic
  • Activate prior learning
  • Promote student reflection
  • Foster collaboration & cooperation
  • Stimulate debate
  • Encourage meta-cognition
  • Support peer review
  • Advance critical thinking

Guiding Questions

  • What are different tools and strategies I can use to manage my class?
  • How can I apply them in my classroom?
  • Where can I go to learn more?

What's in this Handbook?

  • Overview
  • Role of Instructor
  • Role of Student
  • The Ice Breaker
  • Selecting Topics
  • Discussion Forum Models
  • Managing Discussions
  • Facilitating Discussions
  • Video Discussions
  • Other Tips
  • Resources
  • References
  • Example Rubric

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